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Double success for Elder in fifth and sixth events of Caithness Autocross Club season


By Alan Hendry

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Gary Elder exits from the final corner on Saturday in his twin-engined Mini special. Picture: James Gunn
Gary Elder exits from the final corner on Saturday in his twin-engined Mini special. Picture: James Gunn

Bilbster Mains played host to the fifth and sixth rounds of the Caithness Autocross Club season at the weekend, with Gary Elder setting the fastest time on both Saturday and Sunday in his twin-engined Mini special.

Saturday's event attracted an entry of 24 drivers. It was a very fast track with a joker lap added in for extra excitement.

During the course of the day there were rolls by four of the drivers – Rachel Mathieson, Nicola Donn, Jake Anderson and Declan Mackay.

Only Jake Anderson's car survived and was able to carry on. The other three vehicles were left in need of major repairs but, thanks to good marshalling and safety equipment, no-one was injured.

There were also two major breakdowns on Saturday – Ronald Gunn with engine failure and Ryan Henderson with gearbox trouble. Both cars retired and returned on Sunday, good to go.

Elder's fastest time in round five was 1.51.47, followed closely by Timmy Scott (1.55.16) in the Polo TDI. Fastest junior was Jack Ryan in the Yaris (2.15.78).

Ronald Gunn creates a dust storm during Saturday's racing in his Toyota MR2. Picture: James Gunn
Ronald Gunn creates a dust storm during Saturday's racing in his Toyota MR2. Picture: James Gunn

For Sunday's event there was an entry of 23 drivers. The track was changed to drive clockwise, also adding in a different joker lap at the request of the drivers on Saturday.

There was one roll on Sunday, with Timmy Scott's car in need of major repair work, but again thanks to effective marshalling and safety equipment there were no injuries.

Elder's best time in this round was 1.41.03, with Jake Anderson coming in at second place (1.47.41) in the MG Honda. Jack Ryan again set the fastest time among the junior competitors (2.02.10).

The two-day event at Bilbster Mains was held by permission of the Miller family.


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